Advances in Therapy (Adv Ther)

Publisher: Springer Verlag

Journal description

Advances in Therapy is an international peer reviewed journal dedicated to the rapid publication of studies in clinical medicine, including research on existing drugs and drugs in development across a range of therapeutic areas. The journal is of interest to a broad audience of pharmaceutical and healthcare professionals and publishes original research papers, drug reviews, case reports and other contributions to drug therapy, diagnosis, instrtumentation and related fields.

Current impact factor: 2.27

Impact Factor Rankings

2016 Impact Factor Available summer 2017
2014 / 2015 Impact Factor 2.272
2013 Impact Factor 2.438
2012 Impact Factor 2.125
2011 Impact Factor 2.105
2010 Impact Factor 1.668
2009 Impact Factor 0.936
2008 Impact Factor 0.973
2007 Impact Factor 0.719
2006 Impact Factor 0.712
2005 Impact Factor 0.667
2004 Impact Factor 0.829
2003 Impact Factor 1.047
2002 Impact Factor 0.828
2001 Impact Factor 0.468
2000 Impact Factor 0.896
1999 Impact Factor 0.403
1998 Impact Factor 0.385
1997 Impact Factor 0.408
1996 Impact Factor 0.301
1995 Impact Factor 0.169
1994 Impact Factor 0.324
1993 Impact Factor 0.115

Impact factor over time

Impact factor

Additional details

5-year impact 2.13
Cited half-life 4.90
Immediacy index 0.44
Eigenfactor 0.00
Article influence 0.61
Website Advances in Therapy website
ISSN 1865-8652
OCLC 220889595
Material type Series, Periodical
Document type Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

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  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Introduction: This study aimed to evaluate the efficacy of local injection of bone mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) and fibrin glue in the treatment of atrophic nonunion in an animal model. Methods: Thirty-six male Lewis rats were randomly assigned into three groups: Group A (control group), Group B (atrophic nonunion group), and Group C (experimental group). All the rats underwent femoral osteotomy of the right hind limb, and stabilized with a custom-designed external fixator. Atrophic nonunion of the rats in Group B and C was induced by cauterization of the periosteum and bone marrow removal, and repaired by injection of fibrin glue and BMSCs-seeded fibrin glue, respectively. The surgically treated femurs were assessed by radiographic and histological analysis, and biomechanical test. Results: During the follow-up period, the external fixator maintained correct placement and all the femurs retained normal positioning. Eight weeks postoperatively, atrophic nonunion was detected in Group B, with the presence of fibrous connective tissue in the osteotomy gap. The femurs in Group C demonstrated complete bony bridging of the osteotomy gap, with the formation of plenty of woven bone. Conclusion: The repair of bone atrophic nonunion can be promoted through local injection of BMSCs and fibrin glue.
    No preview · Article · Apr 2016 · Advances in Therapy
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    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Introduction: Adjunctive mealtime use of the amylin analog pramlintide improves postprandial hyperglycemia in patients with type 1 diabetes. This post hoc analysis of three randomized trials evaluated whether disease duration affected responses to pramlintide. Methods: Patients received mealtime pramlintide 30 or 60 µg (n = 714) or placebo (n = 537) as an adjunct to insulin and were stratified into tertiles by diabetes duration at baseline. Efficacy and safety end points were assessed at week 26 using analysis of covariance and logistic regression models. Results: Disease durations for tertiles 1, 2, and 3 were 6.7, 16.5, and 29.9 years, respectively. In all tertiles, pramlintide resulted in greater reductions in glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) and weight than placebo, with greater weight reductions and insulin sparing in tertiles 2 and 3. Insulin dose and weight increased in the placebo group in all tertiles. Baseline HbA1c was a predictor of HbA1c lowering in both treatment groups (P < 0.0001); higher daily insulin predicted a smaller percent increase in insulin dose for placebo (P = 0.01); and higher body weight predicted greater weight loss in both pramlintide- and placebo-treated patients (P < 0.05). Event rates for severe hypoglycemia were similar for pramlintide and placebo and increased with longer duration of diabetes for both groups. Nausea with pramlintide increased with longer disease duration. Conclusion: Mealtime pramlintide resulted in greater reductions in HbA1c than placebo, regardless of diabetes duration at baseline. Longer disease duration appeared to augment insulin sparing and weight loss with pramlintide, with a potential for increased incidence of hypoglycemia and nausea. Funding: The design and conduct of the study were supported by Amylin Pharmaceuticals, San Diego, CA, USA.
    Preview · Article · Apr 2016 · Advances in Therapy
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    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Corticosteroids are a mainstay therapeutic option for the treatment of ocular inflammation. However, safety remains a concern for clinicians, particularly with long-term use. Though highly effective at suppressing inflammatory and allergic responses, topical ophthalmic corticosteroids carry an inherent risk of side effects, including elevated intraocular pressure (IOP), a risk factor for the development of glaucoma. The corticosteroid loteprednol etabonate (LE) contains an ester rather than a ketone at the C-20 position, minimizing the potential for side effects, including IOP elevation. In early pivotal clinical trials of LE ophthalmic suspension for conjunctivitis (allergic, giant papillary), anterior uveitis, and post-operative inflammation, LE had minimal impact on IOP over short-term (<28 days) and long-term (≥28 days) use. Since then, new LE formulations-including a gel, an ointment, and a suspension of LE in combination with tobramycin-have become commercially available. Multiple studies evaluating the safety and efficacy of LE for inflammatory conditions have been reported, including those requiring longer-term treatment such as photorefractive keratectomy, corneal transplantation, and dry eye disease. We review the available published data on the effect of LE on IOP and report on the cumulative incidence of clinically significant IOP elevations (≥10 mm Hg from baseline) with short-term and long-term LE use. In all studies, LE consistently demonstrated a low propensity to elevate IOP, regardless of formulation, dosage regimen, or treatment duration, including in known steroid responders. The cumulative proportion of patients exhibiting clinically significant IOP increases was 0.8% (14/1725 subjects) in studies evaluating short-term LE treatment and 1.5% (21/1386 subjects) in long-term studies. Furthermore, use of LE was associated with significantly lower rates of IOP elevation ≥10 mm Hg as compared to prednisolone acetate or dexamethasone (when used in combination with tobramycin). The cumulative data to date substantiates a favorable IOP-safety profile for LE with both short-term and long-term use.
    Preview · Article · Mar 2016 · Advances in Therapy
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    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Introduction: Biologic therapies are used to treat several inflammatory diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis (RA), psoriasis (PsO), psoriatic arthritis (PsA), and ankylosing spondylitis (AS). Data from a commercial claims database were used to evaluate utilization and cost of biologic treatment for these conditions. Methods: Data were obtained from the Optum Research Database. Patients were aged 18-63 years with diagnosis of moderate to severe RA, PsO, PsA, and/or AS and first (index) claim for biologics abatacept, adalimumab, certolizumab pegol, etanercept, golimumab, infliximab, rituximab, tocilizumab, or ustekinumab or non-biologic tofacitinib between March 1, 2011 and February 28, 2013. One-year treatment costs were based on observed paid amounts and used to impute dosing. Treatment patterns (persistence, switching, discontinuing, restarting) were evaluated. Results: Data from 20,159 patients were analyzed for index medications abatacept (n = 583), adalimumab (n = 6521), certolizumab pegol (n = 415), etanercept (n = 9116), golimumab (n = 231), infliximab (n = 1906), rituximab (n = 295), tocilizumab (n = 165), ustekinumab (n = 922), and tofacitinib (n = 5). For patients with RA only, costs were lowest for tofacitinib ($18,769), rituximab ($19,569), or abatacept ($21,877), and ranged from $23,682 to $30,269 for all other medications. For patients with PsO only, costs were lowest for adalimumab ($29,186), etanercept ($31,212), and infliximab ($32,409) compared with ustekinumab ($53,746). For patients with PsA only, costs were lowest for etanercept ($26,916), followed by golimumab ($27,987), adalimumab ($28,749), and infliximab ($31,974). Costs were lowest with etanercept for RA plus PsA ($25,477) and for PsO plus PsA ($29,376), and with golimumab for AS only ($24,225). Across indications, annual costs were $29,521, $27,488, and $28,672 for adalimumab, etanercept, and infliximab, respectively; persistence was greatest with infliximab (range 66-79%) compared with 11-59% for all other biologics. Conclusion: One-year treatment costs varied considerably between medications and indications. Some newly approved agents had lower costs but further research is needed to confirm these estimates as more patients are treated. Funding: Immunex (a wholly owned subsidiary of Amgen Inc.) and Wyeth (acquired by Pfizer).
    Preview · Article · Mar 2016 · Advances in Therapy
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    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Introduction: Published reports have demonstrated that many Barrett's esophagus patients are over-diagnosed as low-grade dysplasia (BE-LGD). We performed an analysis of the surveillance and treatment costs associated with the over-diagnosis of BE-LGD. Methods: As the principal cost variables, we used endoscopic and histologic procedures performed during the recommended surveillance intervals for patients with BE-LGD, the national average Medicare reimbursement for the Current Procedural Terminology codes of the procedures performed, and a spreadsheet-based tool we created to determine the overall healthcare cost associated with the over-diagnosis of BE-LGD in the US population. Results: The average excess cost (range) for every patient in the US who is over-diagnosed with BE-LGD is estimated to be $5557 ($3115 to $8072). The principal contributors to the excess cost of over-diagnosis of BE-LGD in these patients are: endoscopy ($2626 to $4639), pathologist biopsy review ($275 to $2185), and esophagogastroduodenoscopy-guided endoscopic ablation ($214 to $1249). Conclusions: The healthcare cost of over-diagnosis of BE-LGD is significant. To reduce the overall healthcare cost impact of over-diagnosis of BE-LGD, strict adherence to the recommendations of the American Gastroenterological Association, American College of Gastroenterology, and American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy that pathology review of all BE biopsy specimens be performed by a gastrointestinal pathologist is warranted.
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  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) describes steatosis, nonalcoholic steatohepatitis with or without fibrosis, and hepatocellular carcinoma, namely the entire alcohol-like spectrum of liver disease though observed in the nonalcoholic, dysmetabolic, individual free of competing causes of liver disease. NAFLD, which is a major public health issue, exhibits intrahepatic triglyceride storage giving rise to lipotoxicity. Nuclear receptors (NRs) are transcriptional factors which, activated by ligands, are master regulators of metabolism and also have intricate connections with circadian control accounting for cyclical patterns in the metabolic fate of nutrients. Several transcription factors, such as peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors, liver X receptors, farnesoid X receptors, and their molecular cascades, finely regulate energetic fluxes and metabolic pathways. Dysregulation of such pathways is heavily implicated in those metabolic derangements characterizing insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome and in the histogenesis of progressive NAFLD forms. We review the role of selected NRs in NAFLD pathogenesis. Secondly, we analyze the role of NRs in the natural history of human NAFLD. Next, we discuss the results observed in humans following administration of drug agonists or antagonists of the NRs pathogenically involved in NAFLD. Finally, general principles of treatment and lines of research in human NAFLD are briefly examined.
    No preview · Article · Feb 2016 · Advances in Therapy
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    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Introduction: A comprehensive and up-to-date network meta-analysis (NMA) helps to determine the comparative efficacies of nucleos(t)ide analogs (NAs) in patients with chronic hepatitis B (CHB). The aim of this NMA was to assess the efficacy of telbivudine versus adefovir, entecavir, lamivudine, and tenofovir in nucleos(t)ide-naïve hepatitis B e antigen (HBeAg)-positive patients with CHB. Methods: A systematic review was conducted to search Medline, Medline-In Process, EMBASE, and the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials databases for publications of randomized controlled trials (RCTs). NMA was performed to compare the efficacy outcomes of telbivudine versus other approved NAs at 1- and 2-year time points. Results: A total of 75 RCTs were included in the systematic review. At the 1-year time point, telbivudine was associated with significantly higher rates of: (1) HBeAg seroconversion than adefovir [odds ratio (OR) 1.99 (95% credible interval (CrI): 1.05, 3.45)], entecavir [OR 2.00 (95% CrI: 1.44, 2.82)] and lamivudine [OR 1.49 (95% CrI: 1.10, 2.03)]; (2) HBeAg loss than entecavir [OR 1.85 (95% CrI: 1.28, 2.76)] and lamivudine [OR 1.62 (95% CrI: 1.20, 2.24)]; (3) alanine aminotransferase (ALT) normalization than lamivudine [OR 1.50 (95% CrI: 1.05, 2.21)]; and (4) hepatitis B virus (HBV) DNA suppression than adefovir [OR 2.77 (95% CrI: 1.28, 5.45)] and lamivudine [OR 2.97 (95% CrI: 1.99, 4.53)]. At the 2-year time point, the relative efficacy outcomes were not statistically significant. Conclusion: At 1 year, telbivudine was superior to adefovir, entecavir and lamivudine in HBeAg seroconversion, and to entecavir and lamivudine in HBeAg loss. Telbivudine was also superior to lamivudine in ALT normalization and to adefovir and lamivudine in suppressing HBV DNA levels. Funding: Novartis Pharma AG.
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  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Introduction: The aim of this prospective study was to assess the results of a standard low-calorie dietary intervention (7.5 MJ/day) on body weight (BW) and the metabolic profile of obese patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) on intensive insulin therapy (IIT: 4 insulin injections/day) versus conventional insulin therapy (CIT: 2/3 insulin injections/day). Methods: A total of 60 patients (n = 60, 23 males and 37 postmenopausal females) were recruited and categorized into two groups according to the scheme of insulin treatment. Thirty were on IIT (13 males and 17 females) and an equal number on CIT (10 males and 20 females). BW, body mass index (BMI), HbA1c, and metabolic parameters were compared at 6 and 12 months after baseline. Results: Significant reductions were observed in the BW, BMI, HbA1c (p ≤ 0.001 for all) and cholesterol (p ≤ 0.05) at 6 months post-intervention. At 1 year, median BW reduction was 4.5 kg (3.3, 5.8) for patients on IIT and 4.8 kg (3.6, 7.0) for those on CIT. The 12-month dietary intervention increased prevalence of normoglycemia in the IIT group and reduced the prevalence of obesity prevalence among the CIT participants (all p < 0.001). CIT patients with BW reduction ≥5.0% demonstrated 11-fold greater chances of being normoglycemic (odds ratio 11.3, 95% CI 1.1-110.5). BW reduction ≥7.0% was associated with CIT, being overweight, and having normal HDLc, LDLc, and cholesterol levels. A reduction in BW between 5.0% and 6.9% was associated with IIT, normoglycemia, and obesity. Conclusion: A 12-month 1800-kcal dietary intervention achieved significant BW and HbA1c reductions irrespectively of insulin regimen. CIT was associated with BW reduction greater than 8.0%, whereas IIT was associated with higher rates of normoglycemia.
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  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Introduction: The anti-IgE therapy omalizumab is currently licensed for the treatment of moderate to severe allergic asthma and chronic idiopathic urticaria. Owing to limitations in the use of omalizumab, a need exists for optimized anti-IgE therapies to broaden clinical indications and patient populations, and to improve dosing schedules. The objective of this phase I, randomized, placebo/omalizumab-controlled, first-in-human, dose-escalation study was to evaluate the pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and safety of the high-affinity, anti-IgE therapy MEDI4212 in non-Japanese and Japanese subjects with atopy and/or diagnostic IgE ≥30 IU/mL. Methods: Subjects with atopy and/or baseline IgE ≥30 IU/mL were randomized to a single dose of subcutaneous (5, 15, 60, 150, or 300 mg) or intravenous (300 mg) MEDI4212, subcutaneous omalizumab, or placebo. Following administration, pharmacokinetic, pharmacodynamic [IgE (free and total), and cellular FcεRI expression], and safety assessments were made. Results: MEDI4212 rapidly suppressed free serum IgE to a greater extent than omalizumab; however, recovery of free IgE to baseline in MEDI4212-dosed subjects was rapid when compared with the slow and gradual recovery seen in omalizumab-dosed individuals. The loss of IgE suppression corresponded with a rapid decrease of serum MEDI4212. FcεRI expression on dendritic cells and basophils was reduced following MEDI4212 dosing. MEDI4212 was well tolerated by subjects; adverse events were generally of low severity and no subjects discontinued due to adverse events. Conclusions: The increased potency of MEDI4212 may be of clinical interest for individuals with high-diagnostic IgE levels where more extensive IgE suppression is required for clinical response. However, the modest duration of free IgE suppression below the target concentration noted with MEDI4212 in this study suggests limited potential for dosing schedule advantages over omalizumab. Funding: MedImmune. Trial registration: identifier, NCT01544348.
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